- Joel sands the sides of Tom's head down, making it perfectly cylindrical so he looks "kind of like that guy from House Party." Then he goes a little bonkers selling Tom additional "hair"-care products.
Segment 1/Invention Exchange
- Gypsy ate Joel's first invention (the Mexican Jumping Bean-Bag Chair), so he produced an adding machine which prints out candy strips instead, to make taxes fun. The Mads combine a foosball table with good ol' H2O to create water polo.
- In preparation for the film's political commentary, Joel gives the 'Bots a lesson on the Cold War, starting with the Charlie McCarthy hearings. Bet you didn't know just how many beloved puppets and animation stars of The '50s were involved.
- A parody quiz game called Civil Defense Quiz Bowl, where all the contestants wrap themselves in tinfoil. The final round is "Fallout Elimination".
- Just as the US and Soviet Union had their space race, so too did the Soviets also send a man and his two robot pals — in this case, cosmonaut Sari Andropoli with two inoperable 'bots — into space. His sense of humor is lacking.
- The SOL crew can't stop speaking their grievances with the film over each other, but a deep breath later, they go on a long tirade. The fan letter, including a photo of a stuffed bunny, doesn't improve the mood.
The Mystery Science Theater 3000 presentation includes examples of:
- And Now For Something Completely Different: Tom Servo's "haircut", featured in only this episode and Ring of Terror.
- Anything but That!: Servo and Crow's reaction to Davey and Goliath being friendly witnesses for the HUAC.
- Artistic License Medicine: During The Phantom Creeps, when finding the reporter unconscious at a crash site:Crow: Yeah, try moving her spine around as much as possible!
(Servo makes Sickening "Crunch!" noises)
- Big Applesauce: Invoked verbatim by Crow, who says the Russians are going to turn the Big Apple into Big Applesauce.
- Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: The blind man walking a few seconds, then saying in monotone "Help me." According to the Episode Guide, Best Brains became so obsessed with that bizarre little moment it became the first Stinger.Crow: ...What?!
- Big Stupid Doo Doo Head:Crow: Go away, you poopie ca-ca-head Russians!
- Broken Aesop:Joel: And then there's the glorious ending where the entire center of New York City explodes — except for the perimeters — and all we learn is that we're supposed to live in the suburbs, not in the city!
- Call-Back: Lugosi's delivery of "Dees vill simpli-fy eh-very-tink!" from Episode 1 of The Phantom Creeps keeps being invoked (and will return in future unrelated episodes).
- Continuity Nod: Joel's Mexican Jumping Bean Bag Chair, of all things, returns in Season 11's The Loves of Hercules. (New Mad Kinga, having been called out on basing her inventions on Jonah and company's riffs, apparently resorted to mining her father's old experiments. No one catches her this time.)
- Dirty Commies: One segment deals with puppets of The '50s dealing with HUAC, with some of them getting The Hollywood Blacklist.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: Tom Servo gets a "haircut" resulting in his dome being replaced with a clear cylinder. The new look only lasts for two episodes.
- According to Best Brains, it was to reduce the amount of space taken up by Servo in the theater. They decided they liked "Classic" Servo better. Oddly, even during this episode, Servo is initially pleased with his "haircut" when Joel says he looks like Christopher Reid from House Party, but sours later, scoffing at Joel's insistence he looks like that member of Kid 'N' Play.
- Just Ignore It: Crow, as one of a pair of ladies from before the bombs drop: "Darn ol' apocalypse. I just ignore them."
- Let Me Get This Straight...:
- Mythology Gag: Sari is wearing Joel's jumpsuit from the KTMA season.
- Not Even Bothering with the Accent: One of many things J&TB are annoyed about at the end is that they didn't even realize the Fake Brit spy was even supposed to be a Brit at all.
- Opening Scroll: During The Phantom Creep's opening scroll, Joel quips, "You sure Lucas was the first to do this?"
- Running Gag:
- Doing the eerie One-Woman Wail from 2001: A Space Odyssey whenever a "monolithic" piece of blast barrier at the Soviet missile base is onscreen.
- Trying to place orders at the cafe in Moscow while the floor show is going on.
- Parodying the narrator, especially during long scenes with nothing but Russian dialogue. This culminates in the scene where the Soviet leaders order an attack on New York being narrated as them making Prank Calls."Russian": Heh-heh. Ten pound balls.
- There are three references to Hart to Hart ("That's my boss!") during the episode.
- During The Phantom Creeps, after the cops shoot one of the mechanical spiders:
- Waxing Lyrical: Two examples.
- When the hero is waiting in a ruined building:
- A Soviet officer paces in his office.